Items tagged "Music Copyright"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Counsel Dylan Gilbert to Bolster Advocacy Efforts

October 1, 2019 Consumer Privacy , digital platforms , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , Public Knowledge , Staff

Public Knowledge welcomes Dylan Gilbert, Policy Counsel, to our team to focus on privacy protections, copyright reform, and various platform issues. He holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Senate Passage of Revised Music Modernization Act

September 19, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Music Modernization Act of 2018 with substantial revisions to protect and foster the public domain for sound recordings. Earlier versions of the bill contained a version of the CLASSICS Act that would have kept recordings from as early as 1923 out of public hands until 2067.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Improve Music Modernization Act

June 28, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) bill, “The Music Modernization Act,” (S.R. 2334) to update the music licensing marketplace. Public Knowledge urges Congress to continue to fix and improve the Music Modernization Act to rationalize the copyright system and protect historians, libraries, archivists, and consumers.

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Law Professors Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject or Amend CLASSICS Act

May 15, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Music Competition , Music Copyright , Music Licensing , music modernization act

Yesterday, more than 40 intellectual property law professors sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and all members of the committee, urging them to reject or, at a minimum, amend the CLASSICS Act to ensure that its provisions are in line with existing federal copyright law.

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Public Knowledge Urges Senate to Consider Music Modernization Act and CLASSICS Act Separately

April 26, 2018 CLASSICS Act , Copyright , Music Competition , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Music Modernization Act (2018), a combination of the consumer-friendly Music Modernization Act (2017) and the CLASSICS Act, which seeks to create a “right to be paid” for pre-1972 sound recordings without fully federalizing these works.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Battle

August 31, 2016 amicus brief , Copyright , Music Copyright

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Williams v. Gaye, the “Blurred Lines” case, before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief argues that creative works build upon other creative works, and thus copyright law should not limit creativity by expanding over non-copyrightable elements in those works.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes DoJ Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

August 4, 2016 Antitrust Law , consent decree , Copyright Office , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Today, the Department of Justice concluded its review of the antitrust consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI, the two largest music performance rights organizations (PROs) in the United States. After two years of extensive public comment and analysis, the Department has determined it would be inappropriate to amend the consent decrees in ways that would enable music publishers to take greater advantage of their market dominance in negotiating licenses. Additionally, it has clarified licensing practices that came to light during its review. Public Knowledge has advocated for the Department to adopt these positions throughout the review and welcomes the decision.

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Celebrating Copyright Week with a Theatrical Copyright Revue

January 20, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Copyright Week , Music Copyright , Music Licensing

Happy Copyright Week! To celebrate, I’m looking back on all the exciting copyright cases that have occurred since last year’s Copyright Week, with courts and the music industry alike tackling everything from uncredited sampling to fair use dancing babies. I’ve rounded up some of the highlights of the year’s upheaval, and took the liberty of suggesting a few edits to reflect the changing times. (And yes, that does mean I’ll be reviewing landmark music copyright cases via lyrical skits.)

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